Courses and Activities

General Courses
Applied Skills
Musical Explorations

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Students who join us get to play a part in fun and engaging group courses and activities. Students also have the option to choose a Musical Focus (Applied Skill) and Musical Exploration.

General Courses

All students participate in the following:

Piano Ensemble

  • A highlight of the camp, every student will be matched up by level and experience with other camp students to prepare and perform duo, trio, quartet and even larger ensemble piano pieces.

  • Students learn coordination, listening, and balance while making friends.

  • Each ensemble is coached by a faculty member.

  • Every ensemble will be featured in a final concert for family and friends on Friday, August 3, 2018, beginning at 4:00 PM.

Performance Forum

  • Students learn about various performance-related issues, including stage presence, etiquette, and listening skills.

  • Historical and stylistic differences are discussed, such as "What makes Chopin sound different than Mozart?"

  • This class offers an opportunity for students to perform for their peers, if they wish, at the same time receiving feedback from a master teacher.

  • Students who so desire may also volunteer to perform a solo piece in the midweek camp recital.

Theory: "FUN"-damentals of Music

  • In a fun and engaging way, students will learn more about how music is made, which includes identification of music elements, musical form and more.

  • Students will learn how understanding these concepts will help the interpretation of music for performance.

Activities Showcase

  • Changing daily, students spend this time after lunch exploring new facets of music through different formats, including interactive demonstrations, crafts, and games.

Applied Skills (choose one):

The following Applied Skills classes give the student a chance to apply his or her musical knowledge and understanding to the development of a specific skill that will enhance the student's pleasure and performance at the piano. No previous experience in these areas is necessary.

A. Adventures in Composition
The Composition class will explore fascinating aspects of music creation. The course includes experimentation with diverse sound sources, working with modern as well as traditional methods of notation, and exploring principles of form, tension/resolution, character and mood.

B. Music in Your Muscles
The purpose of this course is to understand how rhythm and musical expression are found in the natural movements of our bodies; the human heartbeat is a good example. This is a physical action class, a joyful way for students to experience music through their bodies.

C. Organ for Pianists - Keyboards Across the Ages
In this introduction to the organ, each student will have a hands-on opportunity to perform on the mighty four-manual Casavant organ in Memorial Chapel: the premier French organ in Southern California. Additionally, students will explore the similarities and differences between the piano, organ, clavichord and harpsichord.

D. Keyboard Improvisation
This beginning class is a fun way for students to experiment with creating sounds on the keyboard in a variety of styles and rhythms. Part of improvisation will be learning specific patterns in the left hand that can be applied to favorite songs played by the right hand.

E. Sight Reading for Fun
The sight-reading class will help students improve their ability to play new music for fun the first time they see it. The focus is on quick recognition of notes, rhythms, and musical patterns.

Musical Explorations (choose one):

The University of Redlands Piano camp offers an ever-changing array of musical experiences and explorations for students. This year, there are four explorations from which to choose.

A, Music and ART: "Putting Sound on Paper"
Students will uncover the common elements that shape music and art, specifically color, form, texture and rhythm. Using a variety of raw materials, and inspired by musical examples, each student will have a chance to create his or her own artwork.

B. Music and DRAMA: “Lights! Music! Action! How to Make a Scene.”
Students will uncover the dramatic elements within a musical composition by studying a broad range of emotions and discovering the means by which composers convey their feelings. Class activities include listening as well as script writing, physical enactment and performance.

C. Music and POETRY: “There’s MUSIC in those WORDS!”
Like music, poetry has cadence, rhythm, rhyme and repetition. In this class students will study the lyrics of songs from Schubert to Disney; they will explore different kinds of poetry using percussion instruments as accompaniment; they will experiment with writing original poetry.

D. Music and MULTI-MEDIA: "Listening with our Eyes!"
In addition to documenting the daily activities of Piano Camp, students will create a "Nature Symphony" on film, juxtaposing nature scenes they video on location around campus with the recorded piano performances of other campers. Students will learn the basics of videography, including how to handle a camera, sound recording, and editing.